Monthly Archives: December 2015

TK Days: Dec. 14 – Dec. 18

Welcome to Week 14! 

Happy Holidays Room 206! We’re missing you, and can’t wait to see you all in a few days! We hope you had a great break resting, playing, and having a fantastic time with your loved ones!

Happy Holidays

MillerFam Christmas Card 2015, v1-01

206 Winter Celebration

Thank you all who came out to help and participate in our Winter Celebration! We had so much fun!
We started with a fun and silly Read Aloud!…Snowmen at Night

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Then the students made their own paper plate Snowmen

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Finally the students decorated and ate cookies along with a small cup of warm cocoa (with marshmallows). File Dec 24, 3 33 48 PM

Caroling at EBS?

The Friday before vacation, Mr. Waczek and the EBS Choir came by caroling to the students in class!

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Fine Artists

The students had a Fine Artists (FA) last week. Megan McGarry read the students a book and then in the Fine Artists room, the FA team helped the students to create a new masterpiece!

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RAZkids

Hopefully you have been able to go on a couple times for some vacation reading! My own TKer has been using her RAZkids to log in, listen, read and check comprehension during our break! This week Austin, Danielle, Dyllan, Emma, Hayden, were on RAZkids this past week and each listened to the books, read the books and took their quizzes! Great work and good reading practice! Make sure you are doing the quizzes as well… feel free to have your child peek back on the text as needed using the icons at the top of the page.

If your child hasn’t been going on, this next week is a great time to get started!

Here’s the link again to the Resource/Links page that gives the directions.

“We Have Heart” Update!

206 Rocks! I never dreamed we’d collect this many meals! This past week we packed up all the meals (thank you volunteers for helping the students to decorate and fill the bags! These will be delivered over the break and will feed many families! Thank you for your generosity and for your family’s help to share with those who go without!

In addition Megan McGarry read about a little girl named Sayfre who had lost her family in fire and was significantly burned herself. She told her aunt that this Christmas all she wanted was Christmas cards to fill up her card-holding tree. Our awesome 206 class each stepped up to the plate to contribute to give Safyre cards for Christmas this year!

Look out for our New Year Heart Activity!

  • Meals for Mexico (1 bag = 1 Meal for a family)
  • Rainbows for Rady’s (Differently decorated Rainbows for Cancer Patients)
  • Tributes to Troops (Cards to send out to deployed troops)
  • Smiles for Safyre (cards)

Photo: Students surrounding the many meals bagged for families in Mexico!

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Upcoming Events

January 2016

  • Mother Son Bowling – January 9th
  • Penguin Parade (site parade… families welcome!) – Friday, January 15th
  • Martin Luther King Holiday – Monday, January 18th

A Look at our Week Ahead

Monday – 1/4

  • Volunteers: Shiho Brenner, Phyllis Chan
  • First Day Back

Tuesday – 1/5

  • Volunteers: Stacy McMullan, Deb Marich

Wednesday – 1/6

  • Volunteers: Megan McGarry, Jeannie Smith, Nikki Green

Thursday – 1/7

  • Computer Lab with Mrs. Martin
  • Lunch Only day at 11:35 pm (eat a BIG breakfast)
  • Minimum Day, whole school dismisses at 12:30pm (dismissal in 206)
  • Volunteers: Ann Tran, Kelly Murphy

Friday – 1/8

  • Music with Mr. Waczek – 8:50 am
  • Volunteers: Karrie Yi, Sharon Elbaz, Leng-Tang Ritchie

TK Days: Dec. 7 – Dec. 11

Welcome to Week 13! This post includes:    •RAZkids    •Western BBQ    •We Have Heart    •Final Color Week – RAINBOW   •This Week’s Curriculum   •Future Dates   •The Week Ahead

Thank you to those of you that take the time to read the information and updates about our 206 Classroom.

Mother Son Bowling

Coming this January, shortly after our return from vacation…Mother/Son Bowling! Calling all Mothers of boys! Come on out to the Mother/Son Bowling Event! This is a fun event you don’t want to miss! If you attend…take some pics to share with your teachers! See info below…

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No Homework/Book Borrow

During our upcoming vacation there will be no reading log and no Book Borrows sent home. I hope you all have a wonderful, family-filled 2 week break! Reading logs and Book Borrows will go home as soon as we return. For this reason I am asking that students return Reading Logs and Book Borrow envelopes on Wednesday or at the latest Thursday morning.

If you find yourself with some reading time, I highly encourage you to have your child go on RAZkids and have your child listen (ear icon), read (eyeball icon) and quiz for books on line. The program tracks their progress and sends me a weekly email of which students have been online and for how long over the course of the week! The students are also given reward points and can record themselves reading (they love this).

Hanukkah

This past Friday, Sharon Elbaz, and The Green Family came in to share the Hannukah holiday with us! The kids had such a great time and learned so much! The students listened to a book, lit a pretend menorah, spoke about the traditions, colored some Hannukah pictures, danced to some traditional music and finished off the afternoon with a blue and white iced donut along with a goody bag! You likely saw all the little blue faces!

If you have a family tradition or holiday you’d like to share with the class, email or stop by to set up  a day and time!

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Parent Book Club

You are invited to join Ms. Sloan for a parent book club.  She will be reading How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims.  She will meet during the school day, several times in January and February.  The exact times and dates to be determined (TBD).  If you would like to participate in this book club, please email the school, tell the office, or reply back to the “EBS News” email and purchase your own book.  If you cannot join the book club, Ms. Sloan is highly recommending that families read this book on their own.  “This is a very interesting, easy to read book!”

Though I won’t be able to join the book club due to teaching, I plan to purchase the book myself. Check it out and see what you think!

EBS Traffic Warnings

The police have been out several times lately ticketing for illegal U-Turns, stopping in a red zone, stopping in front of the fire hydrant, not coming to a complete stop at the stop sign, parking in the bike lane, etc.  They gave 26 tickets one day last week!

New Chair Covers

If you haven’t noticed we have new Book-Bag Chair covers. Over the last year 2 friends of mine (seamstress and treasured friends) have helped me (a lot!) in learning to use my new sewing machine and to create these beautiful chair covers. What an experience! I love sewing and love the clean, new look they give to the tables!

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RAZkids

Who has gone on RAZkids at home??? I’m hoping you all have had at least one experience of having your child go on RAZkids at home! The kids love it and it is a great way to have them practice reading! They can use earphones, and even record themselves while reading. Here’s the link again to the Resource/Links page that gives the directions.

I will be highly encouraging the students to get on and encourage you to also have your student log on regularly. I get updates of the students time spent reading. This is a great way to grow their reading and comprehension as there are quizzes at the end of each book!

We Have Heart Update!

This week our Rainbow got taken to Rady’s (thank you Niki Green)! The Elbaz Family’s Nanny is in the military. She and her husband came to class this week to pick up our cards to the troops this week! We are still collecting grains, rice, legumes, etc.! I forgot to take a picture but there is so much! Thank you! The kids decorated sandwich baggies and they are still being filled! We have so much food! Thank you! These will be turned in after this week, so you may still bring in grains this week! The kids have started to see how many people are in need of so many different kinds of help!

  • Meals for Mexico (1 bag = 1 Meal for a family)
  • Rainbows for Rady’s (Differently decorated Rainbows for Cancer Patients)
  • Tributes to Troops (Cards to send out to deployed troops)

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Hearing Tests

This week a hearing specialist came in to give hearing tests to the class. The kids did great! If there was any concern, she sent a notification home and will likely recheck later in the year. Students received a bunny stamp for helping out…this brought some smiles!

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This Past Week’s Color – RAINBOW

This was our last color week! It was RAINBOW week! We had Rainbow snacks and dressed in our favorite color of the Rainbow. When we all came together on Thursday we created our own Rainbow.

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This past week in…

  • Math – practicing using different math tools to solve story problems
  • Sight Word Practice: I, at, the, is, to, it, go, me, and, we, in, my, up
  • Letter Jj– Short Jj sound
  • Art – Hannukah Menorah’s (glitter!..they will go home this week)

Upcoming Events

December 2015

Our next classroom event is our Winter Holiday CelebrationWe will have a story, crafts and treats for the kids. All parents are welcome to come celebrate with the class!  

  • Thursday, December 17th
  • 9:00 am (just after drop off)
  • Room 206
  • All who are cleared are invited!

If you are interested in helping out with the event, please let a Room Mom know (Laarnie Chou, Jeannie Smith, Liz Urenda)!

January 2016

  • Mother Son Bowling – January 9th
  • Penguin Parade (site parade… families welcome!) – Friday, January 15th
  • Martin Luther King Holiday – Monday, January 18th

A Look at our Week Ahead

Monday – 12/14

  • Volunteers: Shiho Brenner, Phyllis Chan, Debra Marich

Tuesday – 12/15

  • Volunteers: Stacy McMullan

Wednesday – 12/16

  • Volunteers: Megan McGarry, Jeannie Smith
  • Fine Artist Lesson

Thursday – 12/17

  • Computer Lab with Mrs. Martin
  • Lunch Only day at 11:35 pm (eat a BIG breakfast)
  • Minimum Day, whole school dismisses at 12:30pm (dismissal in 206)
  • Volunteers: Laarnie Chou, Melissa Adomeit
  • 206 Winter Celebration! at 9:00 am

Friday – 12/18

  • Music with Mr. Waczek – 8:50 am
  • Volunteers: Karrie Yi, Sharon Elbaz

TK Days: Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

Welcome to Week 12! This post includes:  •Character Ed – Respect   •New Line-Up Procedures!    •RAZkids    •Western BBQ    •We Have Heart    •Family Celebrations    • This Past Week’s Color Brown   •This Week’s Curriculum   •Future Dates   •The Week Ahead

Thank you to those of you that take the time to read the information and updates about our 206 Classroom.

Character Ed – Respect

This week Ann Tran came in to teach the kids about Respect. She used some puppets to practice some role-play situations with the students. They were mesmorized with the puppets and helped to come up with solutions for some of the disrespect problems that were played out. (these were great realistic problems that happen in our class weekly)

Then Ann read the book Words Are Not For Hurting. This book reminded the kids that words are powerful and can affect people’s feelings. A great reminder was when she asked the kids, “How do you feel when you hurt people’s feelings?”

After the kids practiced coming up with many different respectful sentences and finally drew a picture with writing of how they could show respect to others.

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Puppet role play…the kids were so responsive to this!
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Ann reading, Words Are Not For Hurting book.
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One student’s writing to show respect…”You can play with me!”

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New Line Up Procedures

To alleviate a few different morning situations that occur, students are now lining up in Line Order each morning. We have chalked the numbers on the concrete to help.

Please remember before school a teacher is always on duty in the morning if you ever need assistance. I am also often in the classroom as well.

Thank you for your support and collaboration in our procedures!

RAZkids

This week in Computer Lab, Ms. Martin introduced the kids to an online subscription (donated by the AFP…thank you families) that allows the students to read leveled books on line (similar to Book Borrow, but read electronically). You can also log these on your child’s homework log as well.

To Log On, follow the directions that went home in folders. These directions are also listed on the Info & Resources page under “Links” on the class website.

RAZKids (click this link to take you to the website)

  • If you are prompted for a log in, have your child type “ebs206”
  • Find your child’s color/shape icon and click on it
  • click on the spaceship and you will be at the first books.
  • Everyone starts on the beginning reader books so your child should go through these quickly until they get to their level.
  • In a few levels, comprehension questions will be asked to proceed forward.

Students earn points for first listening to the story (press the little ear icon by the story). Students then read the book the second time (press the little eye icon by the same story) to earn more points.

Each week, RAZkids sends me an update of how many minutes and books the kids have read that week. This is another way for the students to practice their reading and comprehension.

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We Have Heart

Many of you have seen the blog post entitled…”We Have Heart.” Below is a picture of our “We Have Heart” wall (formerly the Ocean of Generosity). This month students are:

  • Donating grains, rice, beans, etc. to give Meals to Mexico. We will count out single cup servings to measure meals for families.
  • Decorating Rainbows for Rady’s patients dealing with cancer to bring smiles.

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Western BBQ

This week the school had their annual Western BBQ where families are invited on campus to eat lunch with their child. Here are a few pictures of some families I caught that day. Thank you all for coming. There is usually one more family lunch later on in the year in case you missed this one!

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Homework Math Problem

We have been working on Math Problems in class. This has taken some work and procedures, but it has been a great practice and opportunity for the students practice the steps to solving and showing their understanding. This week on the back of your homework, your child received a Family Math Problem on the back of their homework. This is optional and is meant to be done together. Below is a picture of our solving chart, a picture of our classroom solving on the Promethean board, a sample of student solving her sticker problem. The main thing students forget is to answer the question…they will often just put the total number. We are continuing to work on this in class.

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Steps to solving our math problem.
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Classroom solving on the Promethean board.
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Student solving the same problem in their math journal.

Family Celebrations

This is the time of year when many different family celebrations and cultural traditions happen! We value and have great interest in sharing and learning about the different traditions that families have! If you have a special tradition or holiday that you’d like to share with the class, feel free to send a quick email or stop by and we can schedule a time for you to come by and share, show, cook, draw, etc any part of your special family traditions (Christmas, Kwaanza, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Las Posadas, Diwali, Ramadan/Eid, Yalda Night, etc).

Thank You!

This Past Week’s Color – BROWN

We had another great color week! The student’s dressed in BROWN on Thursday and had a yummy BROWN snack (Graham Crackers)! Check out our color picture!

Next week will be our last week of color weeks. We finish off by doing “RAINBOW” week! Your child can deck out in their favorite color next Thursday and we will take a Rainbow picture by putting all the children in a rainbow depending on the color they choose to wear!

Apologies…our Brown Reminder flyer never made it into folders this week.

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Fishy Lips picture!

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This past week in…

  • Math – Worked in math on Parts to 10 (4+6, 3+7, 5+5, etc) and math problem solving.
  • Writing – This week, we tried some new types of paper to help us plan and write out our Beginning, Middle and End of our story. (see writing chart below to see how we plan our our writing).
  • Sight Word Practice: I, at, the, is, to, it, go, me, and
  • Letter Ii – Short Ii sound and Long Ii sound
  • Art – Gingerbread Man Art

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Upcoming Events

Our next classroom event is our Winter Holiday Celebration! We will have a story, crafts and treats for the kids. All parents are welcome to come celebrate with the class!  

  • Thursday, December 17th
  • 9:00 am (just after drop off)
  • Room 206
  • All who are cleared are invited!

If you are interested in helping out with the event, please let a Room Mom know (Laarnie Chou, Jeannie Smith, Liz Urenda)!

January Volunteers: If you have any changes, requests for January, please notify us by Thursday, December 10, 2015. Thank you!

A Look at our Week Ahead

Monday – 12/7

  • Return Rainbows for Rady’s
  • Volunteers: Shiho Brenner, Saori Massey, Meeyoung Lim

Tuesday – 12/8

  • Volunteers: Stacy McMullan, Debra Marich

Wednesday – 12/9

  • Volunteers: Megan McGarry, Jeannie Smith, Phyllis Chan

Thursday – 12/10

  • Wear your favorite COLOR and have an COLOR Snack for RAINBOW Day!
  • Computer Lab with Mrs. Martin
  • Lunch Only day at 11:35 pm (eat a BIG breakfast)
  • Minimum Day, whole school dismisses at 12:30pm (dismissal in 206)
  • Volunteers: Ann Tran-Lien, Kelly Murphy

Friday – 12/11

  • Music with Mr. Waczek – 8:50 am
  • Volunteers: Karrie Yi, Monica Rashidian